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Scam warning

October 12, 2006

Apparently, the Trading Standards Office are involved in the investigation of a premium rate phone scam.

It works like this. A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.

If you call this number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 0207 239 6655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at http://www.icstis.org.uk or your local trading standards office.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. ExtraSpecialCopper permalink
    October 12, 2006 15:55

    You would have thought the 09 part of the number would be a giveaway

  2. Anonymous permalink
    October 12, 2006 16:50

    Thats rubbish! Not the premium rate line but the £15. Max you can charge in the UK (and its a UK number no matter where the company is based) is £1.50/minute, so if youre on the call for 10 minutes then yes, but not straight away.

  3. CentralUser permalink
    October 12, 2006 22:22

    You may find this link of some use in respect of this matter:
    Icstis comments on PDS

  4. BelfastPeeler permalink
    October 20, 2006 09:05

    Aaaah. We got this through our internal email to the whole service as well as being on our “intelligence” briefing.

    What a load of bollocks. I appreciate people meaning well but it makes you wonder if any of the information you’re sent is checked in ANY way. I mean is it niaeve of me to think our INTELLIGENCE team might be a little less gullible?

    Its not hard, type “PDS scam” into google and look what happens!

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/pds-phone-scam.html

    £15 connection charge is IMPOSSIBLE.

    bah, humbug 🙂

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